Wednesday, 08 November 2017 / Published in News

On October 16th, the Estonian School of Diplomacy had the honour to welcome the US Ambassador to Estonia, Ambassador James D. Melville Jr., to our premises for a lively discussion with our twenty-four diploma students of class 2017/18. Ambassador Melville’s remarks reflected his extensive experience as a diplomat for the United States and included several remarkable stories. A lively discussion followed shedding some light on the US-Estonian relations, and the pillars of the US Foreign Policy.

This meeting is part of ESD’s extracurricular activities for our diploma students, in which the students get to meet with, gain experience from and exchange ideas and views with experts in all fields of international relations, security and diplomacy.

Monday, 23 October 2017 / Published in News

In cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Armenian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Diplomatic Academy of Armenia, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) organises in Tallinn, from the 23rd to the 28th of October 2017, a study-visit for thirteen recent graduates of the Diplomatic School of Armenia, led by Ambassador Vahe Gabrielyan, Director of the Diplomatic School of Armenia.

The programme will introduce the participants to views on Estonian foreign and security policy, foreign service development, and IT-related experience in Estonia, presented by leading Estonian experts and policymakers. The programme aims to foster discussions on international relations, security, e-governance and IT-sector, regional cooperation and good governance.

The programme includes visits to the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Estonian Parliament, e-Estonia Showroom, the Government Office, the Armenian Embassy in Tallinn, the Office of the President of Estonia, the Mektory, the University of Tartu, as well as the Estonian National Museum.

The study visit aims at building direct contacts, promotes the exchange of ideas and interests to build stronger mutual ties and encourage initiatives for future cooperation between Estonia and Armenia.
The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of development cooperation.

Friday, 20 October 2017 / Published in News

On October 19, 2017, the Inter-Institutional Steering Group (IISG) Meeting of the Anna Lindh Foundation took place in Tallinn at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia with the participation of the ALF Executive Director Amb. Hatem Atallah, employees of ALF, representatives from European External Action Service (EEAS), MFA Malta, MFA Estonia, MFA Bulgaria, Estonian School of Diplomacy, and from the Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies (MEDAC, Malta).

On the evening of the arrival of the participants, they were welcomed by the Swedish Ambassador H.E. Anders Ljunggren with a welcome reception at the Swedish Embassy in Tallinn.

IISG meeting focused on the exchange of information on the main programming and policy actions by the institutions. Also, the conclusions of the MED FORUM 2016 and the priorities of the upcoming Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council were introduced.

IISG meeting was followed by an open event at the Tallinn University Baltic Media and Film School where the Intercultural Trends Report 2017 by ALF was introduced in the format of a panel discussion.

Panelists:

  • Shana Cohen, Director of the Think Tank on Social Change, Dublin
  • Ricard Zapata, Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Femke De Keulenaer, Research director, Ipsos SRI, Belgium
  • Marek Tamm, Professor of Cultural History, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies, Tallinn University

Estonian School of Diplomacy is Head of the Estonian Anna Lindh Network.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 / Published in News

The Estonian School of Diplomacy, in cooperation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, hosts this week a five-day study visit for seven diplomats from countries from the Arab and Southern Mediterranean regions (Jordan, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco). The study visit runs from 9th to 13th of October 2017.

The multilateral study visit aims to host seven diplomats from the countries of the Southern Mediterranean in Tallinn to promote the participants’ communication with the international community with a particular focus on Estonia and the Northern European context. The program introduces Estonian reform experience, Foreign Service development, and EU integration.

The programme aims to foster discussions on international relations, security, regional cooperation and good governance.

The study visit aims at building direct contacts between all parties, promotes the exchange of ideas and interests to create stronger mutual ties and encourage initiatives for future cooperation.

The project is financed by Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of development cooperation.

Monday, 09 October 2017 / Published in News

Yesterday morning, October 8th, 2017, Estonian historian, Dr Vahur Made, deputy director of the Estonian School of Diplomacy, passed away after long and serious illness. Dr Made’s funeral service will take place on October 13th, 2017 at 11AM at the Pärnamäe cemetery.

Born on July 11th, 1971, Made graduated from Jakob Westholm Gymnasium, graduated in 1994 cum laude from the University of Tartu – History Department. At the age of 27, he defended his dissertation titled ‘Estonia and the League of Nations’ at the University of Tartu in 1999.

Made worked as a journalist in the 90s at Postimees and Äripäev newspapers and was a long-time writer for the Estonian National Broadcasting company. He was a co-professor at the Estonian Supreme Commercial School in 1998-1999. From 1996 to 2001, he worked as a historian at the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Tartu. Since 2005, Made had been a professor at the Institute of History and Archaeology.

Made acted as a member of the Citizens’ Committees and was a member of the Estonian Parliament.
He was a member of the Estonian Academic History Association since 1998. He had been a member of the Association of European Studies of the Universities of England since 2000.

Made was the Vice-President of the Estonian Association of European Community Studies and a member of the Estonian NATO Association Council. Since 2003, he had been a member of the European Political Studies Consortium as the official representative of the Estonian School of Diplomacy.
Made had participated at various international conferences in London, Riga, Birmingham, Budapest, Bordeaux, New York, Stockholm, Reykjavik, Kiev, Tbilisi and others.

Made’s main field of research were the European Union and European Integration, the European Union’s Neighbourhood Policy, the history of Estonia’s foreign policy, the issues of the security development of the Baltic Sea region, the participation and role of the Baltic States in international organisations, and the issues of the Baltic States in international relations during the Cold War period.

Vahur Made will be missed by his wife Annika, and sons, Morten, Rasmus and Kaspar, and parents Reet and Tiit Made, his brother, Tambet Made and his friends and colleagues.

Monday, 02 October 2017 / Published in News

The Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Anna Lindh Foundation (ALF) cordially invite you to attend the presentation of the outcomes of ALF’s region-wide survey report “Intercultural Trends in the Euro-Med Region 2017” on October 19th, 2017 at 14:00 (Registration is at 13:30) at Tallinn University Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School (BFM).

The Intercultural Trends Survey of the Anna Lindh Foundation, first established in 2010, presents scientific data on what people see as critical aspects of life in this Euro-Mediterranean region, their expectations, concerns and values.

This is the third edition of the Report, which was launched during the Maltese Presidency of the European Union that had Mediterranean dialogue as a central focus, and aimed at contributing to shaping new policies and programming in the framework of a renewed EU Southern Neighbourhood Policy in the face of unprecedented regional challenges.

The presentation in Tallinn is a part of a series of events taking place across the Euro-Med region to present the outcomes of the Report and offer insights and analysis from local and international experts.

An Intercultural Analysis and Panel Debate will follow the presentation to provide insights and commentary on the outcomes and reflect on the current state of affairs in the Euro-Med region and how Estonia sees it. The panellists are:

  • Shana Cohen, Director of the Think Tank on Social Change, Dublin
  • Ricard Zapata, Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • Emilia Valsta, Research Assistant, American University of Cairo, Egypt (TBC)
  • Marek Tamm, Professor of Cultural History, Head of the Centre of Excellence in Intercultural Studies, Tallinn University

The event is open to the public. To register, please follow this link.

Date: 19 October 2017
Time: 14:00 – 16:00 (Registration is open from 13.30)
Venue: Tallinn University, Baltic Film, Media, Arts and Communication School, Nova Building, Fourth Floor, Room N406, Narva mnt 27, Tallinn

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*The Estonian School of Diplomacy is the Head of the Estonian Anna Lindh Foundation Network since January 2016.

*The Anna Lindh Foundation is an inter-governmental institution bringing together civil society and citizens across the Mediterranean to build trust and improve mutual understanding, with national networks of civil society organisations in 41 Euro-Med countries.

Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

Every year, the Estonian School of Diplomacy offers Scholarship through an open call to its postgraduate development programme. The next round will be launched in late Spring 2018.

For more information please contact Ms Kristiina-Maria Ploom at kristiinamaria.ploom@edk.edu.ee

Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

The five-day study visit and training, provided by the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD), offers a delegation of diplomats from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs with knowledge and skills on foreign and security policy, foreign service development and IT-related experience in Estonia. The study visit runs from September 25th until September 29th, 2017. The project is financed by the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the Development Cooperation Programme.

The delegation will meet experts from various Estonian institutions; including Estonian e-Governance Academy, Tallinn City Government, National Parliament of Estonia, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership, Estonian EU Council Presidency, Estonian Foreign Policy Institute, International Centre for Defence and Security, Enterprise Estonia, and the University of Tartu.

Over the years ESD has carried out several training projects with the aim on sharing Estonia’s reform experience and integration of the EU and NATO, foreign service formation, international relations, cooperation and diplomacy, international negotiations,  state and democracy building, public administration reform. A number of tailor-made short-term training projects have been launched for diplomats and civil servants from Afghanistan, Central-Asia, the Balkan countries, Palestine, Iraq and North-Africa.

ESD has been actively following developments of the European Union Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) with a special interest in its the Eastern Partnership (EaP) initiative. In 2009 a tradition was established to organise multilateral public administration reform seminars and conferences targeted to state officials from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

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Monday, 25 September 2017 / Published in News

On September 18th, 2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) commenced its academic year 2017/18 in Tallinn for its postgraduate diploma programme. Twenty-five students are enrolled this year. Nine Estonians and sixteen international students coming from fourteen countries from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Caribbean (Algeria, Egypt, Cameron, Rwanda, Uganda, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, China, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.)

The ESD Postgraduate Diploma is a nine months programme which runs annually from September until May the following year, offering mainly three thematic modules: International Relations, European Integration, and Diplomatic Studies.

The curriculum aims to provide knowledge and skills necessary for working in the field of international affairs. The studies are organised as a full-time evening course; with classes on four afternoons per week. The courses include classroom work (lectures and seminars) and independent work. The total amount of credit points obtainable is 75. The program is considered completed when at least 60 credit points have been collected.

This academic programme is organised in co-operation with the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The new round for scholarship for the next academic year 2018/2019 will be launched in late Spring 2018.

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Friday, 22 September 2017 / Published in News

From September 4th to September 8th,2017, the Estonian School of Diplomacy (ESD) hosted an 18-member delegation of diplomats from Ukraine for a study visit that focused on issues of soft power diplomacy and hybrid warfare. The delegation had the pleasure of meeting their peers from the Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as well as officials from various governmental institutions, including the Estonian Ministry of Culture, the Government Office of Estonia. The delegation also met with a group of researchers from the International Centre for Defence and Security (ICDS) and the Estonian Centre of Eastern Partnership (ECEAP).

The highlight of the study visit was the expert workshop on September 7th entitled “Information, Cyber and Hybrid Means as New Warfare Methods”, jointly hosted by the ESD together with the ECEAP. The workshop started with a panel discussion moderated by Piret Pernik, a research fellow from the ICDS, with panellists Dmytro Zolotukhin, the Deputy Minister of Information Policy for Ukraine, Dmitri Teperik, the chief executive of ICDS projects in Ukraine, and Sergiy Korsunsky, the director of the Diplomatic Academy of Ukraine. The second panel included Dace Kundrāte, a senior expert with the NATO Strategic Communication Centre of Excellence, and from Ukraine Analytica; Hanna Shelest, editor in chief, and Yevgenia Gaber, deputy editor.

The panellists discussed the challenges and threats facing Ukraine, the existing experience in countering these challenges, and how to prevent them in the future. The discussions centred around issues such as resisting disinformation and questions such as, how to effectively stem Russian disinformation while adhering to values such as freedom of speech. Panelists stressed that Russia’s ability to reframe narratives. Also, they highlighted current domestic difficulties within Ukraine, such as the deepening lack of trust between society and government. The last part of the workshop concluded with a detailed look at the mechanisms used to frame the 2016 coup attempt in Turkey, and the effective use of strategic communication by the Turkish government.

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